U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger has set deadlines in the far-reaching gender discrimination lawsuit against the University of Tennessee. At this time, eight unnamed young women have accused UT of favoring male athletes and therefore failing to follow federal antidiscrimination statutes. While accusations of favoritism for male athletes on college campuses are nothing new, these plaintiffs accuse TU of practicing not only a preference for male athletes in recruiting and admissions but also giving them special treatment once enrolled. A Title IX lawsuit was filed against the college in February. A Discrimination expert witness will consult and testify on the facets of gender based discrimination that may exist on the university campus. Plaintiff’s attorneys must disclose discrimination expert witnesses and expert reports by June 16, 2017.
The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights states:
Educational programs and activities that receive ED funds must operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. Some key issue areas in which recipients have Title IX obligations are: recruitment, admissions and counseling; financial assistance; athletics; sex-based harassment; treatment of pregnant and parenting students; discipline; single-sex education; and employment. Also, a recipient may not retaliate against any person for opposing an unlawful educational practice or policy, or made charges, testified or participated in any complaint action under Title IX. For a recipient to retaliate in any way is considered a violation of Title IX.
Students on campuses receiving Department of Education funds are guaranteed nondiscriminatory recruitment, as well as comparable facilities and housing, comparable financial assistance and health and insurance benefits as well as coaching and academic tutoring, etc. Discrimination occurs when a person is treated unfairly because of her or his race, age, gender, appearance, disability, or any other type of prejudice.